Nolan Miller’s A-list dress design sketches to go under the hammer

Sketches of dresses worn by Dame Joan Collins, Elizabeth Taylor, and Farrah Fawcett are to go under the hammer at an upcoming Julien’s Auctions sale.The Property from the Estate of Nolan Miller auction takes place on 18 July in Beverly Hills, with coll…

Sketches of dresses worn by Dame Joan Collins, Elizabeth Taylor, and Farrah Fawcett are to go under the hammer at an upcoming Julien’s Auctions sale.

The Property from the Estate of Nolan Miller auction takes place on 18 July in Beverly Hills, with collectors also able to participate online.

The event features a collection of 127 lots, including more than 100 costume sketches. Highlights include a series of watercolor on board costume sketches for the series Dynasty, including a Collins costume sketch inscribed from the actress to Miller; several sketches of Taylor, including a sketch of the gown she wore as a presenter at the 1987 Academy Awards and a sketch of the gown she wore to the 1985 Golden Globe Awards inscribed from Taylor to Miller; and a Charlie’s Angels costume sketch and photograph inscribed from Fawcett to Miller.

Bette Davis and Ginger Rogers sketches also feature, as well as photographs, letters, notes, correspondence, and awards.

Commenting on the respected designer, who passed away in 2012, Collins stated: “All of these stars loved him, as I did.”

The brochure notes explain the late Miller, whose designs epitomised Hollywood glamour, not only designed garments for the original leading ladies of cinema but he also developed close friendships with Rogers, Davis, Collins, Taylor, Lana Turner, Lucille Ball, Sophia Loren, and Joan Crawford, among many others.

He brought the “fashion fantasy previously reserved for film to television and established a working relationship and friendship with Aaron Spelling”.

“He would create his most iconic and memorable looks for the television series Dynasty, which ran from 1981 to 1989. Joan Collins’ wardrobe from the series still inspires admirers to elevate their style goals,” the notes add.

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Joan Collins dazzles in Valentino’s holiday campaign

Joan Collins has ramped up the glamour for Valentino’s holiday campaign.In the first of three video advertisements for the Italian fashion house titled Joan for the Holidays, the Hollywood icon is seen arriving at a dull dinner party in a Valentino red…

Joan Collins has ramped up the glamour for Valentino’s holiday campaign.

In the first of three video advertisements for the Italian fashion house titled Joan for the Holidays, the Hollywood icon is seen arriving at a dull dinner party in a Valentino red lace dress, matching coat, and gloves, with the look topped off with diamond jewellery and a glittering tiara.

“Well, well, I see it’s not just the Champagne that’s flat,” she tells the guests, before one responds, “We have some tea if you’d like.”

Joan then fires back: “Darling, why don’t you leave the jokes to me.”

The Dynasty actress proceeds to kick off the party by having her assistant bring in boxes and bags full of Valentino goodies, before inviting the youngsters to dance with her in the living room.

“You know I enjoy my own company, as much as you do,” the 86-year-old states to the camera at the conclusion of the clip.

Joan has had a long relationship with Valentino, with creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli designing the white gown with feather trim that she wore to the 2019 Met Gala in May.

And in an interview for Vogue.com regarding her new campaign, the star noted that she still gets a thrill out of dressing up for events.

“Nobody dresses up anymore,” she mused. “If you do, then people stare at you, or make cutting remarks… well, maybe not cutting, but they’ll say something like, ‘Oh, look at you! You’re all dressed up.’ I find that very sad, because it will be the end of women buying elegant clothes in stores. Everybody’s going to end up in jeans and T-shirts, which I think is tragic.”

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Legendary photographer Terry O’Neill dies

Models and celebrities have paid tribute to photographer Terry O’Neill, who has died at the age of 81.A representative for Iconic Images, which licensed O’Neill’s pictures, announced over the weekend that the photographer had passed away on Saturday ni…

Models and celebrities have paid tribute to photographer Terry O’Neill, who has died at the age of 81.

A representative for Iconic Images, which licensed O’Neill’s pictures, announced over the weekend that the photographer had passed away on Saturday night following a long battle with cancer.

“Terry was a class act, quick-witted and filled with charm,” they commented. “Anyone who was lucky enough to know or work with him can attest to his generosity and modesty.

“As one of the most iconic photographers of the last 60 years, his legendary pictures will forever remain imprinted in our memories as well as in our hearts and minds.”

O’Neill rose to prominence in the ’60s, becoming one of the most sought-after photographers in London and working with subjects including The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Judy Garland.

Over the next five decades, he developed close working relationships with pop stars like Elton John and David Bowie, and also shot members of Britain’s royal family, including Queen Elizabeth II, and several statesmen and women, like Nelson Mandela.

Among his most notable recent works was an image of Amy Winehouse at the height of her fame in 2008.

Accordingly, a number of celebrities have honoured O’Neill’s memory, with Kate Moss posting a black-and-white image from an early 1990s photoshoot on her Instagram page and captioning it, “Farewell Terry,” alongside a red heart emoji.

Actress Joan Collins added, “So sorry to hear about the death of the talented #terryoneill – he photographed me several times and was always fun, entertaining and a great photographer,” and music icon John shared one of the iconic images O’Neill had taken of him during a concert at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles back in 1975.

“Terry O’Neill took the most iconic photographs of me throughout the years, completely capturing my moods,” he praised. “He was brilliant, funny and I absolutely loved his company. A real character who has now passed on. RIP you wonderful man.”

O’Neill was last seen publicly in October, when he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to photography by Prince William at Buckingham Palace.

He is survived by his third wife, Laraine Ashton, two children from his first marriage to actress Vera Day, and Liam, a son shared with his second wife, American actress Faye Dunaway.

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Kris Jenner and Yolanda Hadid pose in Dynasty-inspired shoot

Kris Jenner and Yolanda Hadid have recreated iconic scenes from ’80s soap Dynasty in a new photoshoot for Harper’s Bazaar.The Keeping Up with the Kardashians matriarch donned a convincing brunette permed wig and dressed up as Joan Collins’s character A…

Kris Jenner and Yolanda Hadid have recreated iconic scenes from ’80s soap Dynasty in a new photoshoot for Harper’s Bazaar.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians matriarch donned a convincing brunette permed wig and dressed up as Joan Collins’s character Alexis Carrington for the shoot, while Gigi and Bella Hadid’s mother portrayed Krystle Carrington, who was played by Linda Evans in the primetime U.S. show.

In one shot, the duo rocked matching gold Moschino gowns and Bulgari diamonds, while in another image, Kris and Yolanda wear Diane von Furstenberg wrap dresses while recreating an iconic fight scene in a lily pond between Alexis and Krystle.

And Joan seemingly gave her approval to the shoot, as she took to Instagram to share a screenshot of the coverage in a newspaper.

“Imitation is the highest form of flattery… so they say!” the 86-year-old wrote, with Kris quickly commenting on the post: “You are the Queen!!! No one will EVER compare or come close!!! Love you, Joan.”

In the accompanying interview for Harper’s Bazaar, the 63-year-old revealed she had already been in touch with the legendary Hollywood actress to tell her about the Dynasty-inspired shoot.

“Of course, Joan Collins is really a total sweetheart. I just texted her. I was like, ‘I’m dressed as you for a photoshoot,'” Kris shared. “And she said, ‘Send me a pic ASAP!’ So I did. She got a kick out of the fact that I was going to be her.”

The women have been longtime friends, and in a sweet turn of events, their supermodel daughters are also friends.

“Kendall is really good friends with Gigi and Bella, so I’ve had Kris at my house, and she’s been on vacation to Holland with us,” Yolanda explained. “There’s a bond there between the families.”

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Joan Collins: ‘If I’d done casting couch I would have played Cleopatra’

Joan Collins has revealed she would have played the role of Cleopatra if she had “been nice” to the studio bosses at the time.The actress, 85, spoke candidly about her early Hollywood experiences during an appearance at the London Palladium on Sunday (…

Joan Collins has revealed she would have played the role of Cleopatra if she had “been nice” to the studio bosses at the time.

The actress, 85, spoke candidly about her early Hollywood experiences during an appearance at the London Palladium on Sunday (17Feb19).

Performing her show Joan Collins: Unscripted, the actress was asked about rumours that she was in the running for the title role in 1963’s Cleopatra, which was eventually played by Elizabeth Taylor.

After showing a clip of her initial screen test, the performer addressed the political climate in Hollywood during the mid-20th century, suggesting that bosses favoured actresses that were “nice” to them.

“I’ll tell you something now that we are in the Me Too generation,” she said. “If I had been nice to those heads of studios and those people that were running Cleopatra, I would have played Cleopatra.”

The Dynasty star, who shared the stage with husband Percy Gibson, admitted that the head of 20th Century Fox at the time, Buddy Adler, had propositioned her when she was in line for the role.

Gibson went on to recall a story that he had read at the time, with Collins joking that she responded to the unwarranted advances with the quip “my agent’s outside, let’s bring him in and make the deal.”

Despite suggesting that several Hollywood actresses had made similar deals with studio bosses to secure roles, the American Horror Story star confessed that she’d never been enticed.

“I’ve never been involved,” she insisted, reiterating, “I’ve never done casting couch or any of that.”

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Joan Collins: ‘Butt implants are bizarre’

Former Dynasty star Joan Collins can’t understand why women go to great lengths to make their butts look bigger. The 85-year-old actress recently sat down with designer Tom Ford for an Interview magazine chat and expressed concern over the lengths som…

Former Dynasty star Joan Collins can’t understand why women go to great lengths to make their butts look bigger.

The 85-year-old actress recently sat down with designer Tom Ford for an Interview magazine chat and expressed concern over the lengths some people go to in order to alter their appearance, especially those who sign up for rear enhancements.

During the interview, Ford asked the Brit, who was a big part of the fashions of the 1980s, what she thought about butt implants, and “these gigantic busts with tiny waists”, prompting the British actress to state, “I find it bizarre, but every generation has its ideal woman, doesn’t it? Venus de Milo (statue) had a tummy.”

Ford then pointed out, “Yes, but that was real. Now they have these implants. We’re maybe in a post-human phase where you can just create yourself to be whatever object you want to be.”

The fashion mogul and filmmaker’s comments prompted Collins to consider the long term effects of drastic plastic surgery.

“I do wonder when I see those girls with cement put in their derrieres what they are going to look like when they’re 60 or 70 years old,” she said. “It has to fall!”

The American Horror Story actress also isn’t a fan of the way young celebrities dress these days.

“I loved the ’80s, and I still love the clothes,” she told Ford. “I won’t wear anything unless it’s got a full shoulder, or off-the-shoulder. I’m not the jeans-and-T-shirt type. Particularly torn jeans; I think that’s disgusting…

“You know, if every actress in Hollywood wants to go around in torn jeans, looking like they haven’t bothered – except that they’ve bothered a lot – then I don’t want to follow the herd.”

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Joan Collins lands Kurt Geiger campaign

Joan Collins and a line-up of other famous faces have been tapped to star in Kurt Geiger’s new campaign.The Dynasty legend is joined by Jamiroquai’s Jay Kay, models Alice Dellal, Reece King, Alek Wek and Molly Smith, designer Dame Zandra Rhodes, Englis…

Joan Collins and a line-up of other famous faces have been tapped to star in Kurt Geiger’s new campaign.

The Dynasty legend is joined by Jamiroquai’s Jay Kay, models Alice Dellal, Reece King, Alek Wek and Molly Smith, designer Dame Zandra Rhodes, English radio DJ Nick Grimshaw and artist Christabel MacGreevy for the footwear brand’s fall/ winter 18 marketing imagery.

“I don’t want to look like anyone else,” 85-year-old Joan said in a statement. “I design many of my own dresses and enjoy choosing the fabrics myself… I started to feel confident in my teens when I eschewed pretty little frocks, which were the style of the time. I chose black polo-neck sweaters and tight matching trousers or a full skirt to emphasise my (then) very small waist, with massive gypsy earrings.”

Modelling pointed red heels and a chequered bag in the adverts, Kurt Geiger representatives urged Instagram followers “own it like Joan” in a post of the actress fanning herself which they captioned “never leave a Dame waiting”.

Rebecca Farrar-Hockley, creative director of the British shoe and accessories label, told The Telegraph that working with Joan exceeded expectations.

“Often when you meet people you really admire, they’re a bit disappointing. I mean, she has real star quality,” she gushed. “When you look at her onscreen, she opens her eyes and just owns it.”

Talking about his personal style, Jay, who wears a pair of rainbow-striped Donnie trainers in the images, said he often plays it safe.

“I’m quite stuck in my ways; bootcut trousers, nice trainer, cool top with a stripe,” he admitted.

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